WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Stopping The Spread of EAB
This small but destructive beetle kills North American ash trees and often hitches rides on firewood.
To help protect New York forests, the DEC set permanent regulations to restrict the transportation of firewood no more than 50 miles.
Southern Tier residents who sell firewood to campers said the DEC stopped by earlier this week to make sure they were handing out firewood certification forms. The form basically serves as a receipt in case people get stopped by police, because it's illegal to bring untreated firewood into the state or transport it more than 50 miles from its source.
Also, if an area is quarantined you can't bring the wood past county lines.
"We would say burn it where you buy it because this is a big problem with this Ash Borer bug here," said Jason Cornell, who sells firewood from his home. "[Buying wood locally]does help the economy, too, but the bigger most important issue is with this bug that we're trying to keep out of the area."
The beetles don't hurt people, but in 10 years they've destroyed 70 million trees in the United States. New York has more than 900 million ash trees, and the beetle poses a threat to every one of them.
For more information, go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6986.html